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Sometimes you don't want noise or character compression and just need the compression… Read more

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1176LN Legacy Classic Limiting Amplifier

Ultra-Fast Attack Time and Classic FET Style Compression of the Original, Now in a Plug-In

The reputation of the hardware 1176LN Limiting Amplifier is well known throughout the audio industry. Originally designed and built by Universal Audio founding father Bill Putnam Sr. in the 1960’s, the 1176LN was the first to use a Field Effect Transistor (FET) as a voltage-controlled variable resistor. That innovation was the key to the product’s unique character. An in-depth analysis of the 1176LN’s “personality” in 2001 allowed UA to meticulously reproduce the ultra-fast attack and unique sonic characteristics of the original hardware as a UAD Powered Plug-In. This 1176 plug-in is now considered a "UAD Classic" and is bundled with every new UAD-2 product.



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  • Computer Music Magazine

    “It may seem indulgent to have three 1176 compressors at your fingertips, but UA have picked variants with very distinctive flavours, and they sound more polished and ‘analogue’ than ever.”

    Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "This sweet collection of 1176 flavors is easily the new crown jewel in Universal Audio's plug-in lineup."

    Matt Houghton

    Sound on Sound

    “More wonderful-sounding and faithful software recreations of classic analogue outboard from Universal Audio.”

    Glenn Rosenstein

    (Ziggy Marley, U2)

    "Needless to say, the 1176, both the LN and the SE, they're definitely go-to plug-ins for me."

    Hector Delgado

    (Jay-Z, Ledisi)

    "On Vocals, I always use an LA-2A to a SSL E Series Channel Strip to an 1176LN to a Precision De-Esser. They're amazing."

  • Jim Dalrymple

    (The Loop)

    "[I use] the Fairchild Compressor, Neve 1081, Neve 1073, LA-2A and the 1176 Compressor. They all give you something different."

    Ed Cherney

    (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton)

    "You cannot make a classic rock record, in my mind's ear, without an 1176 on the snare drum."

    Ed Cherney

    (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton)

    "I use an 1176 as part of my signal chain on basically on all my channels."

    Vance Powell

    (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "The 1176 [plug-in] sounds like my F revision 1176. I could switch my F in & out and not really notice a huge difference."

    Gary Paczosa

    (Allison Krauss)

    "[The UAD-1] makes my job easier because I know exactly what I'm going to get when I pull up any of the plug-ins."

  • Elliot Scheiner

    (Aerosmith, Queen, Steely Dan)

    "The only plug-ins that I use are the Universal Audio emulations of the 1176 and LA2As."

    Gareth Jones

    (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode)

    "Mixing Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest, we used all UA gear we could get our hands on - 1176s & LA-2As of course."

    Charles Dye

    (Pro Sound News)

    "The Universal Audio UAD 1176LN and LA-2A compressors do a great job of capturing the character of the older gear."

    Mike Clute

    (Pro Sound News)

    "The emulations [of the 1176 and LA2A] are absolutely incredible."

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    Even as a freebie this plugin still holds weight
    by K. Trakz(Friday 29 July, 2016)

    Sometimes you don't want noise or character compression and just need the compression that your used to knowing and THAT'S where this baby comes in. You still get that 1176 vibe but without all the extra stuff that the mk2 includes. So if you want to get that super fast attack then this comp… Read More

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    must have compressor
    by g. steenbergen(Wednesday 13 July, 2016)

    This is really 'a must have'. It gives such a great colour to your sound, I use it on lot of different instruments and vocal. Read More

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    My new favorite
    by . (Sunday 22 May, 2016)

    The 1176 is my new favorite compressor. Yes! I got 1 Read More

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    UAD emulations are the best.
    by T. Mabine(Monday 21 September, 2015)

    I own a lot native and dsp plugins. AB all my native and dsp plugins to UAD OCTO card plugins. The verdict...... UAD WINS!!!!! Keep Doing What your Doing UAD. Looking forward. Read More

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    TOP5 best plugins ever!
    by R. Ivanov(Thursday 9 April, 2015)

    My favourite compressor! Helpful for vocals, bass, drums, guitars... Read More

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    Grammy-Winning Engineer Darrell Thorp

    Learn how UA hardware and UAD Powered Plug-Ins are instrumental in his high profile engineering projects. Read More

  • Tucker Martine

    We talk to the GRAMMY®-nominee on how he incorporated UA gear into two new albums fromThe Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Read More

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Features & Specs

1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier Plug-In


  • Trademark 1176 FET gain reduction emulation
  • Unique, analog-friendly, “warm” characteristics
  • Ultra-fast attack time
  • Supports the popular "All Buttons Mode", just like the original
  • Input & Output Gain Adjustment Knobs w/adjustable Attack and Release Settings
  • Adjustable Program-Dependent Compression Behavior
  • Custom Output Transformer Emulation design
  • Mono or Stereo Operation
  • Full automation capabilities
  • Flexible VU metering modes
  • Detailed, precise screen shot provides a realistic analog look and feel
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

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